Next Level: Babydoll Dresses
Because we’re nineties nostalgics over here, we’re plenty happy to see the return of Courtney Love’s favorite look. Here, four top-notch options—all of which should be worn sans pacifier necklace. —erica
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In Character: Veronica Sawyer
Winona Ryder’s Veronica Sawyer fulfilled some very specific high-school fantasies of ours in Heathers: Not only did she get the dark, brooding boyfriend who just happened to be played by Christian Slater (the fact that he turned out to be a homicidal maniac was incidental), but she was also smart and beautiful and could imitate anyone’s handwriting. And she wore amazing clothes, and she was rich, and she showed an important, almost survivalist capacity to be mean when she wanted to be (look, after all, at how she treated her onetime friend Betty Finn). These were all good reasons why the Heathers wanted her in their clique in the first place; they just never thought she’d bring them down from the inside. At the end of the film, we’re supposed to believe that she’d rather watch movies with Martha Dumptruck than conduct lunchtime polls, but if Veronica’s high-school life was anything like ours—and save for a few of the details, like being rich and beautiful and dating Christian Slater, it sort of was—she struggled with wanting to be liked by both the Martha Dumptrucks and the Heathers of Westerburg High til graduation.
Veronica wears one of our favorite outfits of hers at the beginning of the movie—it’s an ensemble that nods to both her rich-girl preppy and bohemian sides. Also, when broken down into its component parts, it seems completely unwearable, and yet—and yet!—it somehow, amazingly, works. —doree shafrir
This cozy Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent sweater would look great over a pair of skinny black jeans, but it also can be used as a super-fancy slanket on chilly nights.
Sexy and slouchy, this silk shirt by Rag & Bone can be dressed up or down, and the contrasting black buttons and oversize patch pocket give it more personality than most standard white options.
Veronica knew that showing too much leg at school was inappropriate, and this gray tweed high-waisted miniskirt by Girls of Savoy falls just this side of nice—without being dowdy.
It’s obvious that the costume designer for Gossip Girl spent many hours dissecting Veronica and the Heathers’ outfits, and these bright-blue tights from Anna Sui are the perfect shade of rebellious rich girl.